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Trademarking Baby's Name

RoyLatham
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5/18/2012 4:56:43 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Yes, it's over the top.

Trademarks only apply to the names of goods or service bing sold. So to get a trademark, there has to be a product like a Blue Ivy[tm] bib that is being sold. It would protect against another similar product being given that name or a confusingly similar name. Since people cannot be sold, another person could have the same name without confusion. The trademark cannot stop that.
OberHerr
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5/18/2012 4:58:18 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I agreed with Roy on it all, but honestly if some wants to name their kid Blue Ivy? :P
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darkkermit
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5/18/2012 5:00:17 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 5/18/2012 4:56:43 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
Yes, it's over the top.

Trademarks only apply to the names of goods or service bing sold. So to get a trademark, there has to be a product like a Blue Ivy[tm] bib that is being sold. It would protect against another similar product being given that name or a confusingly similar name. Since people cannot be sold, another person could have the same name without confusion. The trademark cannot stop that.

Names do have economic value though. I think there was a study done that showed that those with "black" sounding names were less likely to get hired then "white" sounding names, even with the same application.
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